The hills are (nonetheless) alive! Nearly 57 years after The Sound of Music premiered, the cast has reunited in Julie Andrews’ honor.
The Bridgerton narrator, 86, obtained the AFI Life Achievement Award on the Thursday, June 9, gala thrown by the American Film Institute. To rejoice her legacy, 5 of her Sound of Music costars — who portrayed a number of of the von Trapp siblings — posed alongside Andrews on the pink carpet.
Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta) Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl) even led the group of well-wishers in a “Do-Re-Mi” sing-along earlier than the occasion started.
The televised tribute to Andrews’ spectacular career — which airs later this month on TNT — noticed a star-studded crowd together with Carol Burnett, Steve Carell, The Princess Diaries’ Hector Elizondo and Blake Shelton come collectively to rejoice her legacy.
“This night reminds me with great clarity how many people are involved with making movies,” the Mary Poppins actress stated in a statement earlier this month. “What a huge collaborative effort it takes to bring film to the screen. My [late] husband Blake [Edwards] never liked when people referred to filmmaking as the business or an industry. He insisted that film was an art form and should always be called that. And I know that is exactly the way the AFI feels also.”
While Andrews’ career has spanned many years, her position of Maria in 1965’s The Sound of Music gained her an Academy Award nomination and eventual win. The movie — impressed by the true story of the von Trapp household singers — focuses on younger nun Maria (Andrews) who leaves her Austrian abbey to turn into the governess to a widowed navy officer’s (Christopher Plummer) seven kids. As she turns into fond of the little ones, she additionally brings a brand new lightness and musical spirit into the family.
“Well, I never knock it,” she beforehand instructed Vanity Fair in March 2015 of her nun-turned-baroness character. “Because it was the moment in my career where everything exploded. That and Poppins. … [Christopher] was such a hugely great actor that when he was cast in Sound of Music all I could think was, ‘How will I ever live up to that?’ But we had a very good time. We never had a cross word, nothing.”
Plummer, who portrayed Maria’s love curiosity Captain von Trapp within the movie, died in February 2021 on the age of 91. Andrews, for her half, emotionally remembered her former costar on the time.
“The world has lost a consummate actor today,” the Princess Diaries actress instructed Us Weekly in a press release. “I treasure the memories of our work together and all the humor and fun we shared through the years. My heart and condolences go out to his lovely wife Elaine [Taylor], and his daughter Amanda.”
The forty eighth AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Julie Andrews airs on TNT on Thursday, June 16, at 10 p.m. ET.